Beating nature at biology doesn't mean you'll still be able to live forever if a the ground opens up, buildings collapse on top of you, you're buried under hot ash or you're swept away by a wall of water. Will we one day be able to prevent natural disasters, who knows? Maybe increased earth monitoring we'll be able predict when its coming and get out of the way, or we'll even have personal survival suits like those developed for off-piste skiers - super advanced ones that throw an unbreakable shell around you when disaster strikes... but those are a long way off.
For now, we'll just keep track of some of the major natural disasters that hit our planet as a reminder that health and physical improvements are only part of the picture - if you're living forever eventually nature is going to strike you.
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Planetary defense mechanism demonstration and test to be carried out in 2021
Humanitarian, non-governmental organisation that protects the rights of people affected by displacement.
Non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness of global catastrophic risk.
Director, The Spaceguard Centre
Scientific agency of the United States government which studies the landscape of the United States and the natural hazards that threaten it
Company that provides humanitarian supplies made-in-field to places that have undergone emergencies.
Manager of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) at JPL.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Natural Disasters Blog Posts
Survival chances improving daily
The UK's Spaceguard Centre is a key player in tracking near-Earth objects
BBC - 28-Jun-2020
Space objects aren't in lockdown so glad someone is still keeping any eye out for existential risksRead more...
Probes intended to intercept asteroids for planetary defence
SYFY Wire - 16-Apr-2020
Threat of asteroid collision is real - who wants to be wiped out like the dinosaurs?Read more...
Planning ahead to save Earth - moving big rocks out of Earth's pathway
Interesting Engineering - 30-Mar-2020
We humans definitely don't want to end up like Dinosaurs did!Read more...
Potentially devastating asteroid skims by Earth almost undetected
Independent - 20-Sep-2019
Have you got your go bag ready in case of an unexpected disaster?Read more...
NASA reveals large meteor explosion in December 2018
BBC - 18-Mar-2019
This would have caused damage over a populated cityRead more...